Following the directions of the Planning Commission, the state government has notified a scheme named as Goa Tribal’s Employment Generation Programme (GTEGP) for self-employment and employment generation programme for the notified tribal people of Goa so as to provide direct benefits to the families of Scheduled Tribes.
The scheme will benefit around 1.80 lakh tribal population (comprising around 12 per cent of the state population) notified under the communities of Gawda, Kunbi and Velip living in almost all talukas of the state, most of whom live in the remote foothill areas of Western Ghats, rural areas, villages, semi-urban and urban areas and who primarily have an agrarian economy.
The scheme aims at helping school dropouts, unemployed female and male persons by providing them entrepreneurship skills to take on the challenges of life in the industrialised economy of the state. They would be guided and provided with monetary and material facilities to come out of poverty.
The objectives of the scheme are to improve entrepreneurship skills, provide self-employment and generation of employment, improvement in living conditions, and upliftment and ensure flow of funds to the target families from government schemes. The scheme also aims at providing long-term sustainable economic activities in the villages, help tribals to catch up with changing economy of the industrialised and tourist-destination state, exposure to inter-institutional financial facilities and entrepreneurial activities and form co-operatives of enterprises and co-ordinations.
Any individual who has studied up to fourth standard and above and is of 18 years of age but not above 45 years of age would be eligible to avail the benefit under the scheme. The applicant must, however, be a member of tribal community notified by the government of Goa and should have undergone Entrepreneurship Development, Programme or Skill Development Programme conducted under the entrepreneurship schemes of the Directorate of Industries, Trade and Commerce.
The applicant who has not undergone Entrepreneurship Development, Programme or Skill Development Programme should be willing to undergo entrepreneurship training after being made eligible for benefit under the GTEGP. The applicant shall register as a member in a Tribal Co-operative Society or Co-operative Bank branch. The ventures that the ST applicants could take up under GTEGP are micro and small manufacturing enterprises, service enterprises and trade enterprises.
An applicant desirous of setting up micro and small manufacturing enterprises for food products, domestic instruments made of metal and plastic, making of poultry and cattle feed or any other suitable industrial activity, can set up the unit in his/her house campus or in a community industrial shed constructed by the panchayat or co-operative society as a cluster etc. The cost of the project includes the value of shed and a maximum loan of Rs 25 lakh can be availed with 40 per cent subsidy.
For setting up service enterprises – taxi or motor bike service, taxi car, passenger rickshaw, goods carrier, modern saloon, beauty parlour, motorbike and car workshops, tyre vulcanizing, truck and bus workshop, a loan of up to Rs 15 lakh would be made available, which would include the cost of shed. For these projects also, a subsidy of 40 per cent would be available.
In the case of setting up trading enterprises, including setting up of grocery shops, tyre shops, stationery shops, hotel, tea shop, electrical goods shop, plumbing materials shop, purchase of agricultural products from villages and selling in the city markets etc or any other suitable trading activity including electronic goods and medical stores etc, a loan amount of up to Rs 15 lakh would be given along with a subsidy of 40 per cent.
The GTEGP scheme would be operated by the Directorate of Industries, Trade and Commerce (DITC), which shall make sufficient budget provision in the annual budget and include the scheme in the annual plan and Five Year Plan of 2012-17. The DITC will get the funds/subvention sanctioned from government and place the same at the disposal of state level/district level registered tribal multi purpose co-operative society or the head office of co-operative banks of the state.
The application should be made in the prescribed format and supported by the documents as listed hereunder: caste certificate, birth certificate, domicile certificate, details of industrial, service or trading activity in the form of a simple project report, entrepreneurship memorandum for manufacturing activity/service activities, NOC from panchayat, details of shed and its value, NOC from the house owner of premises, if rented, quotation for machinery, service items or business items, entrepreneurship training certificate and any other relevant information. [NT]